John Hamilton

John Hamilton
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
December 31
I've been around a while, lived in a lot of places, worked in numerous trades and professions, served in the Army, went to school a lot, followed a guru, and write a blog, "While we still have time." My birthday isn't really December 31. I had to put something in.


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APRIL 22, 2014 1:27AM

Have a Better Story

APRIL 7, 2014 10:14PM

Pardon Leonard Peltier Now


I was saddened to hear yesterday of the death of author Peter Matthiessen. I met him once, here in Madison, after a talk he gave. I wrote about it in a comment to a story about him on National Public Radio:
I went to a talk
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APRIL 3, 2014 11:09PM

Let's Get Unstuck


The biggest stories in yesterday's (and today's) news were the "U.S." Supreme Court decision to allow unlimited spending in political campaigns and a second shooting at Fort Hood Army base in Texas. In the discrete world of Western thought these two events would seem
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MARCH 25, 2014 11:21PM

It's a Bit Late In the Day

Yesterday was the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. In seeming tribute, a barge in the Houston Ship Channel collided with a ship Saturday, spilling 900,000 gallons of oil. Also on Saturday, a mud slide in Washington caused at
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MARCH 20, 2014 11:40AM

Look Behind the Curtain

MARCH 7, 2014 12:02PM

Exaggerated Crisis

The emergency du jour these days is the "Russian" incursion into "Crimea," formerly known as "The Crimea." The region, or district, is legally part of "Ukraine," formerly known as "The Ukraine." The… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 25, 2014 12:54AM

Ready For Elizabeth

FEBRUARY 13, 2014 1:26AM

We Are On Our Own

The three issues that are causing the most concern, argument and consternation these days are in the news again, and likely will be for the foreseeable future. Two of them… Read full post »
JANUARY 30, 2014 3:05PM

Dig a Little Deeper

I had this to offer in a comment to an article in Salon about a pending anti-abortion law in Indiana:
Conversations on this topic, and any number of other "right" versus
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JANUARY 26, 2014 4:19PM

Olympic Overkill

Sochi.ruThe New York Times reported yesterday that fears of terrorism are "rattling" Olympic athletes and their families. "Russia" has treated people so badly in its rebellious ethnic regions that some terrible bombings have been taking place in areas close to the Olympics. More have been threaten… Read full post »

JANUARY 4, 2014 10:44PM

There's a Sucker Born Every Minute

Weather 010414The weatherman on TV tonight night predicted the worst cold spell since 1996. I remember the winter of 1996 vividly. I was working as a TV cable installer, and was out in the subzero cold every day. One Sunday I was out when the temperature was -35… Read full post »

DECEMBER 23, 2013 11:02AM



One of the most difficult aspects of writing is the risk of getting something wrong. It can ruin the story, is embarrassing, and has to be corrected. Or should be corrected. In my previous post I got something wrong. It didn't ruin the story,… Read full post »
DECEMBER 18, 2013 11:20AM

Dress Blues

NOVEMBER 27, 2013 11:33PM

60 Minute Woman

NOVEMBER 26, 2013 12:29AM

Strange Changes

NOVEMBER 20, 2013 1:21AM

A Moot Question

OCTOBER 28, 2013 8:51PM

Tip of the Iceberg

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Barack Obama Just when our President thought he could breathe a sigh of relief, the NSA world spying scandal is blowing up in his face. He's having to deny spying on Germany's head of state, on other world leaders, and on newly revealed countries around the world. Spain is… Read full post »

OCTOBER 22, 2013 12:37PM

Mass Murder



Huffington Post reported yesterday that an anonymous  Bush Administration official said the reason for the invasion of "Iraq" was that they were looking for a fight. "The only reason we went into Iraq, I tell people now, is we were looking for somebody’s ass to kick… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 22, 2013 3:17PM

The Land of Make Believe


Public radio has a show called "On the Media," which airs here on Sunday. Today's show had a segment about how border patrol agents are abusing citizens who are returning from travels to foreign countries, often gratuitously and seriously. The story also detailed the futility… Read full post »
AUGUST 31, 2013 10:43PM

Chemical Warfare

In the latest installment of the Empire Strikes Again, our President says he is going to attack "Syria" in the name of all that is good and decent, and, most importantly, "American." The rationale for attacking is that "Syria" used chemical weapons against "its own" people. Maybe, maybe… Read full post »

AUGUST 29, 2013 12:40PM

Dream or Fantasy?


Yesterday being the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, observances took place in many "U.S." cities. President Obama spoke in Washington at the site of the March, saying his usual blah, blah, blah. It all seems so pro-forma, boring rhetoric about re/… Read full post »

AUGUST 11, 2013 7:57PM

Macho Men


One of the best things about my involvement with the Siddha Yoga organization was that they had ashrams around the world, and I could move to a new city and have a place to stay. The rent was cheap in those days, and included meals. I lived in… Read full post »

JULY 31, 2013 2:25AM

Grist for the Mill


Yesterday Bradley Manning was found guilty of 19 or 20 charges, depending on which of our great media outlets you read or listen to, of such things as espionage, computer fraud, and theft. This five-foot two-inch former intelligence analyst for the Army will likely be… Read full post »
JULY 1, 2013 12:12PM

Thanks for Nothing

Earlier this month a revered counselor at Madison Area Technical College was killed with his wife while on vacation. He was riding his motorcycle through Texas when a truck driver coming from the opposite direction reached for a Snickers bar, crossed the… Read full post »
APRIL 17, 2013 11:19PM

Institutional Narcissism


A reporter at NPR yesterday reported about the atmosphere around the home of Martin Richard, the boy who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombing. The reporter, Jeff Brady, had this to say:
"At the Martin family house in the Dorchester section… Read full post »